How to Remove Scotch Tape Residue

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Things You'll Need

  • Goo Gone

  • Washcloth

  • Liquid soap

  • Water

  • Sponge

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Cooking oil spray

  • Cotton ball

  • Goof Off

Scotch tape is like manna from heaven when you need to fasten one thing to another, but it can become sheer torture when trying to get the residue off. Removal of tape residue can either be easy or time consuming depending on a number of factors, such as how long the tape has been applied and the kind of surface it has been applied to, but there are several remedies that will do the trick.

Removing Scotch Tape Glue

Step 1

Spray some Goo Gone on the residue and let it sit. Goo Gone, a commercial cleaning product found at hardware and grocery stores, effective at removing a variety of stains. After giving Goo Gone time to break down the adhesive, just wipe it away with a cloth.

Step 2

Mix hot water and liquid soap and apply it to the tape residue. The hot water and soap should act as a solvent, loosening the glue enough so that you can use a sponge to rub the tape glue free.

Step 3

Soak a large cotton ball in rubbing alcohol. Rub the cotton ball back and forth over the tape glue residue. Afterward, cleanse with a washcloth and warm water.

Step 4

Spray a non-stick cooking spray, such as Pam, on the glue. Allow it to sit for a few minutes. Take a dry washcloth and rub back and forth across the area. Clean off the remaining bits and the leftover spray with a washcloth and warm water.

Step 5

Use the commercial product Goof Off to remove the tape glue. Goof Off is similar to Goo Gone, but is a more toxic, so it is better for occasions when the glue is really hard to get off. Just make sure you use Goof Off in a well-ventilated area, because the fumes are strong. The upside is that the product works well.

Timothy Sexton

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